"Migration in the context of climate change is a defining phenomenon of our time, a mega-trend of this century that can only be managed with decisive and bold interventions – the time to act is now.” " – IOM Director General William Lacy Swing.
"Countries can share Syrian refugees or choose from three options: leave them on the beaches, lock them in camps or send them back to the hell they’ve escaped." – Peter Sutherland, Special Representative of the UN Secretary-General for International Migration.
"World leaders must be willing to become more culturally diverse because they need workers. Leaders who are not preparing their people for this, through public education, public information, and awareness-raising campaigns, just may not be doing their job.” - Director General William Lacy Swing
"Migration has the potential to play a significant role in economic development, innovation, cultural diversity and the realisation of the country’s national development plan," - Richard Ots, Chief of Mission, South Africa
"They buy very cheap boats, charge people an enormous sum and make a lot of money. It is much easier or lucrative for them than running guns or drugs trade but it is all part of the international crime network." - Director General Swing
"Turning the migration challenge into opportunity for all requires good migration governance; a broad, durable consensus among a wide constituency; coherent, coordinated policies among partners." - Director General William Lacy Swing at the Graduate Institute Geneva Challenge.